For me, the test of a good book is one which reaches out, grabs you and does not let you go until you have finished reading. When I saw PRECIOUS THING listed on the latest Vine programme, I decided to order it because I was hoping for an easy, but engaging read. And, ultimately that is exactly what I found.
The story is narrated by Rachel. In her late twenties, she has become a successful career woman. Working as a journalist, she appears to have everything; a loving relationship, a nice flat and her work. But, when she attends a press conference to cover the story of a missing woman, she is shocked to find that the missing woman is her best friend. From there things start to fall apart, as she learns more and more truth behind a lifetime of lies.
McBeth's writing style is easy to become absorbed in. Although I will not claim that this book did not have some problems and parts of the story were easily guessed, you can't help but become tangled up with Rachel and what she has to say. Like many thrillers, one of the most recurring themes of the book is the question about how well any of us know those around us. Also, how do you define truth? Which version of events is the true version? So, although this is not exactly breaking new ground or highly original, at least McBeth manages to pull it off, the result being a story which keeps you intrigued.